On da Hook: July 4, 2013 Off da Hook: July 4, 2013 Recipe:3×5 Camera Case by Hooker Leo Hook: US 0 – 2.55 mm Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: Unknown) Dimensions: Case: 2.75 x 4 inches; Strap: 34.75 inches from join to join
My friend in South Beach always posts photos of the old neighborhood and I often find myself getting homesick. There are so many interesting things to snap a picture of while out driving around my local neighborhood. Now I will be able to share with my good ol’ friends back home. YAY!
Inspired by BananaKnits, I finally set to creating a case for my camera so that I can have it readily available when necessary. This is a recipe for you to make a case for that item you keep misplacing, but like to have handy at any given time. As I write this, I really need to make one for my television remote control, as I am always accusing Mojo (my pet dog) of hiding if from me, in an attempt to receive more scruffies. The yarn I used is of unknown fiber content. I am approximating the yarn weight: 1: sock, fingering, baby.
The recipe name – “3×5” by John Mayer – is a random selection from my music library, not any way related to the size of the case, though now that I think about it, 3×5 is a standard photo size, and quite possibly a recipe card size.
On da Hook: April 22, 2013 Off da Hook: May 17, 2013 Pattern: How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf by Hooker Leo (Download PDF) Yarn:Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving; Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm Dimensions: 72 x 6 inches
After doing a lot of short row test knitting for BananaKnits, I was curious if there was such a think as crochet short rows. With the concept firmly implanted in my head I set forth. I had some difficulty at first because I kept forgetting to “seal the short rows.” Once I remembered that key instruction, I was golden. However, I wanted to make this pattern a little different so I created a special stitch – Single Crochet Bar Front Loop – which I am just loving for it’s texture, and I think actually complements the gradient in the yarn.
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I think even non crocheters have heard of granny squares, maybe even granny hexagons, but have you ever seen a granny pentagon? Granny triangle? Or the ever-elusive granny circle? No, I do not mean a circle mandala.
Granny squares are what I learned from my grandmother as a child. She later taught me how to put them together, but I don’t actually remember finishing a project – well, at least there is no evidence. Since the good ol’ days, I have learned how to make other granny shape motifs: triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon and even a circle, perfecting the technique for a cleanier and more finished look to each motif.
Because the granny motif is crocheted in the round, they can be any size you desire, and due to their size flexibility, a motif be made big enough to serve as an afghan…two could be made large enough to cover a pillow form…a friend of mine seamed two triangles to make a poncho…the possibilities are endless.
I put together a handout for my crochet classes at The Knitting Tree L A and as I am trying to update A Hooker’s World, I thought I would make this handout available for the nominal fee of USD $1.00. All shapes are included in this document. The pattern for all granny motif may only be purchased on my patterns page, as it does not conform to Ravelry database standards. This is more of an instructional document; I am not suggesting any specific yarn, as the motifs can be made from anything. I do suggest that whatever yarn you are going to use, you use the appropriate hook size for the yarn of your choice.
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On da Hook: January 19, 2013 Off da Hook: January 20, 2013 Pattern:Catch My Fall Scarf by Hooker Leo Yarn:Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (3960 Tidal); Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4 Hook: H – 5.0 mm Dimensions: 6′ x 6.25″
At the guild Saturday, I discovered that The Curse of the Grandmother was not done with me yet. I noticed that one of the squares I had attached already had a mistake which was affecting the border. Aiyaa. Having nothing else to work on, I sauntered over to the scarf donations table and found a skein that I really liked: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.
I set to creating the scarf in filet crochet style as that is what I have been working on with The Curse of the Grandmother. It took a moment to get the right number of stitches for the foundation chain, but once that was achieve, it only took overnight to finish.
Cast On: January 11, 2013 Cast Off: January 18, 2013 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Needle: US 13 – 9.0 mm Yarn A: Unknown Yarn B: S.R. Kertzer Northern Chunky (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: Cool Turquoise: Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Yarn C:Universal Classic Chunky (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25 % Wool; Yarn Color: Petrol Blue; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky) Dimensions: 7 x 80 inches
I originally started this with a crochet single crochet chain. Then I got to the double-stranded part, I wondered what it would look like if I split the double-strand, but the amount of stitches became unmanageable.
The next attempt included the Cat Bordhi Mobius cast on. It was not as hard as it appeared to be the first time I learned it. After testing the single strand unknown with a double stranded Kertzer, the stitch width appeared equal. However, upon completion, you will notice some puckering – now part of the design element. I think the double stranding and the bulky yarns I was using made knitting it somewhat difficult – double stranding did not help. I actually broke my US 5 needles somewhere along the way while investigating splitting double strands while I was knitting. I think I’ll stick to single stranding from this point forward.
Basically, here’s what I did:
CO 120 with Yarn A (Super Bulky)
Knit 2 or three rows, making sure you have enough yarn to finish with the same number of rows.
With the Kertzer Chunky (double stranded) I did one row [knit, yo]
With Universal Classic Chunky (double stranded), I knit 3 rows
With Kertzer Chunky (double stranded), I knit 1 row
With Yarn A, I did one row of k2tog and finished with the same number of knit rows I began with
BO loosely or use stretchy BO
I am not happy with my bind off, but I don’t think it makes much of a difference to the piece, as a whole. Still, I would have preferred a looser bind off. I suppose I should learn the stretchy bind off.
I would have put a link on S.R. Kertzer, but when I click through from Google, I am asked to log in and I could not close the tab without quitting the application. You think they’d have checked that out or at least fix it. Whatever! Turns out the yarn is discontinued, so the company may not be in business any more.
On da Hook: November 28, 2012 Off da Hook: December 4, 2012 Pattern: Madness Mobius by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A: Unknown ( Light Grey) Yarn B: Unknown (Grey) Yarn C: Unknown (Grey) Yarn D: Red Heart Super Saver (Grey Heather) Yarn E: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Dark Grey Heather Yarn F: Unknown (Black) Yarn G: Unknown (Black) Yarn H: Unknown (Black) Hook: M – 9.0 mm Dimensions: 58 inch diameter x 7.5 inches (approximate)
Cyn gave me some yarn that she had stored away from her previous adventures in crochet. After untangling it and thankful for her recent purchase, I decided to create something for her. Recently, I had been trying to develop a pattern for a crochet mobius and this presented the perfect opportunity. Originally, I had started making Thank You Cowl by Julie Blagojevich, double stranding for extra thickness, but the fabric was turning out too dense. Next I tried knitting and developed a softer fabric, but I did not want to knit, having just finished knitting Summertime Blues. So I went back to hooking more loosely with a double strand, but I was really not liking the pattern.
After frogging – which is not as easy as it sounds when it comes to double strands – I set to creating a crochet Mobius cowl. I have written the pattern up or you may download the pattern from my Pattern Page or Ravelry Store.
Cast On: November 26, 2012 Cast Off: November 26, 2012 Recipe:Coffee Cup Square Motif by Hooker Leo Needle: US 6 – 4.0 mm Yarn:Red Heart Soft; Yarn Color: 1882 Toast; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4 Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches, should be 12 x 12 inches
Having finished Summertime Blues Blanket, I was all geared up to deconstruct my first attempt and recreate the Coffee Cup Square Motif for the Coffee Connection Afghan within the requested dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. The odd thing is that I have already made a square – minus coffee cup, with the same yarn, but different color – using an 8 needle and had no problem with gauge.
I started with an 8 and it kept coming out about 13.5 inches wide. After a few calls to some knitter friends, I decided to decrease the needle size. With a 7 needle, I still was too wide at about 13 inches. Not pleased, I decided to go down to a 6 needle. Finally, I got the right width measurement, but did not discover until I was done that the height is 13 inches. Aiyaa! Well, at least one dimension is correct. I’ll let the overage be absorbed by the blanket.
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On da Hook: May 20, 2012 Off da Hook: June 7, 2012 Dimensions: 40 x 43 inches (approximate measurement) Recipe: Baby Puff Afghan by Hooker Leo Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm Yarn A: Unknown; Color: White Yarn B: Pop’n Yarn; Yarn Color: 107 Primrose Yarn C:Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 597 Light Lavender Yarn D: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 818 Blue Jewel Yard E: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 246 Sea Coral Yarn G: Red Heart Super Saver; Yarn Color: Petal Pink Yarn H: Unknown; Color: Pink Yarn I: Unknown; Color: Yellow Yarn J: Red Heart Super Saver; Yarn Color: Frosty Green Yarn K:Lion Brand Sayelle; Yarn Color: 184 Peach
Afghan Price: USD $50.00 + applicable shipping
Formerly known as the Weird Science Afghan because it was made from scrap yarn and because it was the reincarnation of the blanket in the third picture. Cindy had received the blanket from someone as a donation to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers baby shower if someone could fix it (indicated by arrows in picture 3) — or is it El Segundo Sliptstitchers? Question submitted to the guild. I told Cindy that I loved the stitch and would try to deconstruct it and recreate the afghan. Someone indicated that Victoria could figure it out. Sure enough, she got it during the meeting and showed me. I fine tuned the first row and was able to create a straight edge around the perimeter of the afghan; the original had an uneven border.
If you’d like to make this lovely textured baby afghan, you will find the pattern below or you can download a pdf. I used about 7 ounces of each color pictured, for a total of about 49 ounces. While the pattern is free; the afghan is not. Please email your price inquiries.
Loosely chain multiples of 3 + 1 to desired width
Row 1 3 Dc in fourth chain from hook, * skip two chs and sc in third, chain two [1 dc], 3dc in same sc. * Repeat from * to * to last ch, sc, ch2, turn.
Row 2 3Dc in sc, * sc in next sc, ch 2, 3 dc in same sc. * Repeat from * to * to end. sc in top of fourth dc [sc + 2ch].
Repeat Row 2 to desired length. If continuing with edging, turn.
EDGING: Because of last turn you are now working on the reverse side.
Last Row Edge 3Sc in final sc. * Skip dc, sc in next dc, skip dc, sc in between last 2 dc [sc +2 ch and dc], dc in next sc * Repeat from * to * to last sc. Skip next dc, sc in next dc, skip next dc.
Side 1 3 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch]. * sc in next sc, 2 sc in next dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.
Beginning Row Edge 3 Sc in sc. 2 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch], * sc in sc, 2 sc in dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.
Side 2 3 Sc in sc. 2 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch], * sc in sc, 2 sc in dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.
On da Hook: June 2, 2012 Off da Hook: June 23, 2012 Recipe:Always & Forever by Hooker Leo Hook: E Yarn A: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (717) Yarn B: Unknown Yarn C: Unknown Yarn D: Unknown Yarn E: Coats & Clark’s Red Heart Nylon (261 Maize) Yarn F:Herrschners Afghan (342 Dark Gold) Dimensions: 44 inch diameter
This was so fun to design. My inspiration came from Crochet-A-Long Doily, which I loved for the spiral design. However, I wanted the spiral to start from the center, so one night I sat and worked at it until I got a formula that actually works, despite the fact that it doesn’t really spiral, versus radiate from the center. The yarn weight, after researching, is about about a 1, fingering.
I was worried during construction because the end kept curling up, which led me to think that maybe I should have based my pattern on twelve sections versus ten. Because of the curling, I was thinking of blocking it and framing it as tapestry. I would love to hang it on my wall, but it should really be framed properly, between two panes of glass. If I use nails to hang it, I am afraid it will loose it’s shape and become dusty. However, after I washed/dried it today, it lays completely flat. YAY!
This was really a stash buster of all my thin yarn. My original vision was to use the reds, oranges and yellows in a color scheme to resemble the sun. I should have used a one row repeat of each color, which might have improved the radiation effect and improved the color distribution. Oh well! I think it would look fabulous on my orange walls, but until I can afford to have it framed properly, I will hope to sell it as an afghan.
The name was most likely a random selection from my library: Always and Forever by Heatwave. I think the name fits the afghan colors.
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On da Hook: April 11, 2012 Off da Hook: April 18, 2012 Recipe: Kid Afghan by Hooker Leo Yarn:Knitting Fever Euro Baby Kids Rock (Fiber Content: 93% Acrylic, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 05 Creme; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky) Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm Dimensions: approximately 3 feet square
Wow! What I hoped would be a two-day project turned out to be a one-week project. I continually kept screwing up the stitch pattern and would have to frog 1-3 rows each time. The border presented a couple of problems as well: the first time I did not like what I had done, the second time I ran out of yarn. A recipe PDF is available on my Recipes page.
I bought this yarn at a “local yarn store” and despite the fact that it is 93% Acrylic/7% Polyester, the price per skein was hefty.
The name – Kid, a song by The Pretenders – was inspired by the yarn name and for whom the afghan would be most appropriate.
I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends